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Monday, October 05, 2009

On the Campaign Trail with Ed Tibbetts: Potential challenger to Braley

Excerpted from this post at On the Campaign Trail with Ed Tibbetts

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported yesterday there's a potential
challenger to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa. Rod Blum, the chairman
and chief executive of Digital Canal Corp., a Dubuque-based software
company, told the newspaper he's been meeting with key Republicans in
the state and with the campaign arm for congressional Republicans.
Blum is former chair of the Dubuque County Republicans. He also writes
an Op-Ed column for the Dubuque paper, which says it will begin
running a substitute in November. Blum is expected to make an
announcement on whether he'll run toward the middle of the month. ...
Braley was re-elected easily in 2008, and until now there's been no
news of a potential challengers. No doubt, the congressman will take
seriously a bid by Blum or anybody else, but it's notable that his
chief of staff, Sarah Benzing, and press secretary, Jeff Giertz, have
both left Braley's office to work on Senate campaigns in New York and


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